Overturning Citizens United the year’s ‘most important issue’

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Concord Rep. Cory Atkins calls overturning Citizens United the year’s ‘most important issue’
By Kyle Cheney
Thursday, February 9, 2012

A House lawmaker girding for a constitutional amendment to restrict corporate spending on elections — a move recently endorsed by Senate President Therese Murray — told colleagues and legislative staffers Thursday that the effort would be “the most important issue that we’re going to deal with this year.”

Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), speaking on behalf of a resolution calling on Congress to ...

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Globe: Mass. voting maps reflect State House evolution

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Here is an excerpt from an epic Boston Globe article marking the occasion of one of the most voter-empowering redistricting laws in recent history, thanks to MassVOTE, our coalition partners, and the legislators who brilliantly performed their duties on the redistricting commission. [Photo credit: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff]

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Globe: Menino decries redistricting plan

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Says Chinatown should not be split, as panel proposes

[Reprinted from the Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

November 25, 2011 | By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday panned a City Council redistricting plan that would divide Chinatown by shifting one of its precincts out of District 2, calling some features of the proposal “gerrymandering at its best.’’

“I don’t think Chinatown should be split,’’ Menino said, after appearing at a Thanksgiving feast at the Pine Street Inn. “It’s a community ...

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Globe: Plan to redraw districts hailed

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[Reprinted from The Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

Proposal aims to reflect state’s racial diversity

OCTOBER 19, 2011 |  Peter Schworm, GLOBE STAFF

Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday released a new map of legislative districts that doubles the number that are “majority-minority,’’ reflecting the state’s growing racial diversity and giving black and Latino voters more political clout.

The proposal calls for 20 House districts where most residents identify themselves as members of minority groups, and three Senate districts, including a new one in Springfield.

After a decade ...

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Globe: Phantom precinct shows city’s arcane voting laws

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Made up of Harbor Islands, no one cast ballot since 2004

[Reprinted from The Boston Globe. Original article here.]

November 3, 2009 | By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff

It’s one of the stranger rituals of Boston politics: For each Election Day, a pristine ballot box is cleaned, filled with fresh ink, and force-fed at least 50 test ballots before being lugged to a seaside precinct where nobody will vote.

“It’s the lonely machine,’’ said Loretta Paulding, the election warden in charge of Ward 1, ...

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